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CleanBC: Good for the Economy?

The Government of British Columbia has released its CleanBC plan aimed at reducing climate pollution, while creating more jobs and economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities.

In unveiling the CleanBC plan, Premier Horgan said his government has put priority on:

  • reducing climate pollution by shifting homes, vehicles, industry and business off burning fossil fuels and toward greater use of clean B.C. electricity and other renewable energies;
  • boosting energy-efficient solutions, like zero-emission vehicles and home heat pumps, by making them more affordable and available for British Columbians; and
  • becoming a destination for new investment and industry looking to meet the growing global demand for low-carbon products, services and pollution-reducing technologies.

Our speaker, Neil Dobson, is the Executive Director of Clean Growth at the Climate Action Secretariat with responsibility for the industrial Reporting and Control branch, the economics and analysis team and the CleanBC Program for industry. Neil and his team were heavily involved in the development of CleanBC. Neil has an Economics and Business Management degree, and started his career in the finance industry before following his passion into sport, and working for the next 10 years at a sports marketing and sponsorship management agency. In 2010, having noticed more and more big brands and sports franchises were looking for social and environmental angles to their marketing platforms, he founded Sow Consulting to help these organizations realize the business benefits of sustainability. After moving to BC in 2012, he joined FortisBC to work on its renewable natural gas and energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Join us on February 21st to hear from Neil Dobson on how the CleanBC initiative will impact the construction industry.

When:
Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings St. Vancouver

Cost:
BCCR Members: $40
Non-Members: $85

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Vancouver House: An Architectural Tour de Force

Vancouver House’s form is a result of its circumstances: a trisected site, existing infrastructure, and concerns for neighbouring buildings and parks. City regulations were applied to the site and hidden opportunities uncovered through analyzing current urban conditions. The sculptural silhouette is not the result of formal excess, but rather the outcome of design and real estate optimization. The building appears different because it performs and responds differently.

The building’s shape necessitates a unique structural system. It will be the first project in Vancouver to employ vertical post-tensioning and a robust walking-column system. Stepped columns merge as they move towards the base of the building. Each offset column induces lateral thrusts into the horizontal, post-tensioned slabs at each floor, which in turn transfer this load to the core and to vertically post-tensioned shear walls.

The project targets both LEED Platinum and LEED Certification for Neighborhood Development. Each façade uses high-performance, triple-glazed insulating units and all balconies are fully insulated at the top, bottom and slab edges. The envelope is designed to provide a 60-40 glazing-to-solid ratio. Join BCCR members for a tour of the building led structural engineers with Glotman Simpson, the structural engineers on the project.

This is a unique opportunity to visit the building before it is occupied. Please note this is a BCCR Members Only event. No substitutes and you must register.

When:
Friday, February 22, 2019

Tours:
2:30 – 3:30 pm
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Meeting Place:
Howe and Pacific

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Annual General Meeting

The Board of Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable are pleased to announce that Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum will give the keynote address at the 2019 Annual General Meeting

Doug McCallum was elected to his fourth term as Mayor of Surrey on October 20, 2018. Throughout the course of three previous mayoral terms from 1996 to 2005, Mayor McCallum provided leadership to the region through his service on the GVRD TransLink Committee. He succeeded in keeping property taxes low for Surrey residents and left the city in a solid financial position with a $300 million dollar surplus and no debt.

One of his first decisions with Council in 2018 was to cancel the Surrey Newton Guildford LRT project and to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City. Council also unanimously approved a motion to create a Surrey Police Department and serve notice to the federal and provincial governments that the City of Surrey would terminate its contract with the RCMP municipal police service. A third key priority is to pause rapid expansion while creating smart development guidelines to ensure infrastructure keeps up with growth. Mayor McCallum’s substantive history of service to the City speaks to his determination and drive to achieve meaningful results for Surrey residents.

When:
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:45 – 1:30 pm

Where:  
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St. Vancouver

Cost:   
BCCR Members:     $75
Non-Members:        $95

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Talent Crisis: The Predicted Knowledge Shortage Has Arrived

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The labour and knowledge shortage resulting from the aging population is consistently being identified as one of the most significant industry issues. This issue is compounded with a need for technological and digital advancements in the construction industry. We also know that increasing diversity in the E&C industry improves productivity and staff engagement, and results in more sustainable long term growth for companies and individuals. Notwithstanding that the convergence of all of these issues and challenges was predicted, it appears that not enough is being done to respond to the threat proactively.

Come and join our panelists to hear what practical steps are being taken by leaders in our industry to address these issues. Engage with other E&C leaders and discuss topics such as the mindset shift that needs to occur to extract full value from digital disruption, the organizational set-up that is needed to promote knowledge transfer and the adoption of new technologies, and creating a culture that embraces change and diversity and motivates a new generation of E&C leaders.

The Panel
Siobhan Robinson, Moderator, Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal
Asifa Samji, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services at Stantec
James Olson, Dean Faculty of Applied Science at UBC
Dominique Gautier, Roland Berger GmbH

When:
Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Fasken, 2900 – 550 Burrard St, Vancouver Note change in location

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $85

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Festive Season Reception @ Big Rock Brewery

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Last year was so popular we are returning to the Big Rock Brewery for our Festive Season Reception and another evening of tasting and socializing.

With microbrewery artisanship and big-brewery consistency, Big Rock passionately crafts ten signature beers, eight seasonals, four ciders, and countless private label products for beer lovers. They have always been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution, finding innovative ways to carry forward established brewing traditions.

The event will include a tour of the brewery, a tasting and then socializing with colleagues.

Big Rock Brewery
310 West 4th Ave.

Wednesday December 5, 2018
5:30 – 9:30 pm

There is no cost but you must register.

Parking – beside the brewery and on the street.

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Canadian Infrastructure Bank: Has Our Infrastructure Saviour Arrived?

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Canada Infrastructure Bank is a Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from government. It is headquartered in Toronto and governed by an independent, professional board of directors. The Bank was created in 2017 to address a gap in the market between government-funded infrastructure, procured traditionally or as a public-private partnership, and projects that are privately funded. Its mandate is to invest up to $35 billion into new, revenue-generating infrastructure projects alongside private and institutional investors and provide advisory services to potential project proponents. By engaging the expertise and capital of the private sector, the Bank will help provide more infrastructure for Canadians. Our priority areas are public transit, trade and transportation, and green infrastructure.

Our speaker Nick Hann, Head of Investments, leads the investment team and is responsible for implementing Canada Infrastructure Bank’s investment strategy and advising on capital deployment and asset management. Nick has more than 25 years of experience in structuring and financing major infrastructure projects in various countries. Most recently, as Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., and a member of the senior leadership team, he was involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s North American infrastructure business.
Before joining Macquarie Group in Sydney in 1998, he was Project Finance Director for HSBC Investment Bank Asia Limited, based in Hong Kong. Nick has acted as principal investor, asset manager, consortium bid director, financial advisor, debt arranger and government business advisor on projects in a wide range of infrastructure and industry sectors. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Oxford and serves on the board of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and is active in infrastructure research and education. He has taught infrastructure finance courses at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

When:
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Metro Centre Oakridge – An Eight Year Project

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The Oakridge precinct is on track to become a major metro centre. At this breakfast session, two representatives from the City of Vancouver Engineering and Planning Departments will provide an update on the Cambie Corridor Plan, the associated Utility Servicing Plan, and the new city-wide Utility Cost Development Levy. The Cambie Corridor Plan outlines the opportunities for this single family area to transform. It presents a major city-building opportunity, with an anticipated growth of 30,000 new homes and double the current population. This will make the Cambie Corridor the biggest growth area outside of Downtown Vancouver. Accommodating new residents requires a Utility Servicing Plan to upgrade the water, sewer and drainage utilities which were constructed in the 1950s-60s and are now at capacity. The City Planning Department will provide a summary of the Cambie Corridor Plan and the Engineering Department will outline the phasing of the associated Utility Servicing Plan construction and new city-wide Utility Development Cost Levy which will contribute to funding over $550M of the utility works over the next 8 years.

Speakers Donny Wong, COV Engineering and Jessie Gresley-Jones, COV Planning are the leads implementing the engineering and planning and will speak to this major infrastructure program.

When:
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Negotiating Contracts Across Borders, Cultures, Languages and Legal Systems

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This interactive presentation will draw from experience to highlight some of the challenges of negotiating contracts in an international context. Discussion items will include (1) preparing your team, (2) knowing your customer, (3) misconceptions and the danger of assumptions, (4) the when & how of negotiations, and (5) securing the right contract. The discussion will be led by Dentons partner Jana Mansour, who brings close to 20 years of law firm experience from New York City, representing North American and Japanese clients in the development and financing of large infrastructure projects across the world. Jana regularly represents owners and contractors on large construction undertakings, and he will draw on his experience accompanying clients to negotiate contracts in a variety of locales, such as Mexico City, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Houston and Helsinki.

When:
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Dentons, 250 Howe St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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2018 Under 40 Summer Wrap-Up Social

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Join the British Columbia Construction Roundtable for our 2018 Under 40 Summer Wrap-Up Social event on the 25th floor rooftop patio of the SNC-Lavalin building. This event is focused on the Under 40 crowd but our over 40 members are invited to join the event if they bring an under 40 guest in tow.

Come out to socialize and network, while enjoying a drink and delicious food, and take in the gorgeous rooftop views of Vancouver during the final days of summer. Bring your business cards, catch up with other construction professionals, and make new connections! This will be the perfect time to reconnect with business associates after the summer break.

When:
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where:
SNC-Lavalin, 25th floor rooftop patio, 745 Thurlow St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members and Non-Members – $25

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This event is generously sponsored by:
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Lower Lonsdale Re-Discovered

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This year’s summer social takes us on an exploration of the lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver.

Lower Lonsdale is a historic waterfront neighbourhood in the city of North Vancouver that runs up Lonsdale Avenue from Lonsdale Quay to Keith Road. Once home to an array of shipyards, sawmills, a brickyard and the North Vancouver ferry, the North Shore has a fascinating history to explore. Lower Lonsdale is currently going through large waterfront renewal processes. The old shipyards are being torn down, making way for new public spaces, condominiums, retail outlets and a hotel.

John Atkin, historian, will guide us on a walking tour of the waterfront area to look at the some of the interesting new developments and how heritage has been woven into this emerging district. We will end the tour at a watering hole for some refreshments.

Parking can be challenging so consider taking the seabus.

When:
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:
5:00 – 6:30 pm Tour – meeting point The Polygon Gallery 101 Carrie Cates Ct. foot of Lonsdale
6:30 – 8:30 pm Refreshments – Boston Pizza 88 Chesterfield Ave.

Cost:
Members and Guests – $45
Non-Members – $80

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